Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library asks fo...

Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library asks for $19 million to offset budget cuts

There are 3 comments on the PittsburghLIVE.com story from Aug 26, 2009, titled Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library asks for $19 million to offset budget cuts. In it, PittsburghLIVE.com reports that:

Jessica Turnbull can be reached via e-mail. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh pleaded its case Tuesday to the Allegheny Regional Asset District for more funding to keep libraries from closing.

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“The Dirty "O”

Since: Mar 09

Rochester, PA

#1 Aug 27, 2009
Bail them out so my mother in law has a place to hang out.
lovestoread

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Aug 29, 2009
The library is one of the last truly "free" things. It is a crucial part of my neighborhood and hope and pray they get the money they need to keep it open. I would miss it greatly and untilize it several times a month. I have read thousands of books I would not have if I had to buy them.
If AIG, Citibank, and Citigroup get a bailout then absolutely so does a learning tool like the library.
ALF

Roaring Spring, PA

#3 Sep 29, 2009
You can check the figures at guidestar.org they allow you to look at the organizations Form 990, I apologize if I got something wrong. The salaries and raises are ridiculous. The libraries threaten to cut service and hours so the public will get on the elected officials. Once the money comes through it is not distributed to the libraries but to the pockets of those overseeing the money. Some of these salaries are more than some libraries budgets. The raises combined are more than some library budgets.
RAD and ACLA raises questions.
The ACLA Director compensation in 2005 increased $11,000 from $76,000 to $87,000, 2006 increased $3,000 and 2007 increased $6,000 for a total of $96,000. That’s a $20,000 raise in three years. Are you going to support those kind of raises for all library employees?
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Oakland (CLP) the current director received compensation in 2005 of $86,072, 2006 $168,665, 2007 $165,643.
Other CLP compensation Deputy Director in 2006 $109,272, 2007 $115,914.
Dir Info Technology (acting) 2005 (female)$70,750,
2006 (male)$106,409, 2007 (same male)$122,178.
Dir Development 2005 69,470, Development Director 2006 $101,631, 2007 $104,518.
Sr Mgr Info tech 2006 $74,643, 2007 $84,137.
Finance Admin Dir 2006 (male)$92,760. Director Finance Admin 2007 (female)$52,979.
Can you support these kinds of salaries for all library employees?
This is why libraries are hurting for money, fiscal irresponsibility.
Why when a woman is hired to replace a high paid male her salary is lower, and a male hired to replace a female the salary is higher….
Just thought I’d point out the numbers.
Some of the pay raises were close to 14%, this is crazy, but explains why there is no transparency of the spending. I think there is a lack of fiscal responsibility and no one is holding the libraries responsible. We need to put the community needs in perspective and stop asking for more money and giving out huge raises to self and friends for the ”Enron Golden Parachute Retirement”. I know you could hire people to do the job for less and they would do a great job. It’s time our politicians start holding people accountable with tax payers dollars. If you really want to Save Our Libraries how about cutting salaries rather than service and do an actual forensic audit of all libraries to see where the money is actually going. Once completed hold those accountable for any wrong doing.
Thank you
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